Small Package Big Punch: Laverda Formula 500

Laverda had lots of firsts, including the first double overhead cam 4-valve twin with a 6-speed. That engine spawned a high-performance production racer, the Laverda Formula 500.

Left-side view Laverda Formula 500
Series 2 Formula 500s can be identified by their two-piece gas tank and seat assembly; Series 1 machines were a single piece.
Photo by Gary Phelps